A notation should be made in the boxscore that batter x was. If interference occurs by a runner on a foul fly ball, the runner is out, the ball is dead, a strike is called, and the batter remains at bat sp only. Rules changes approved in high school baseball, softball. The major league baseball rule book covers almost every imaginable situation that can occur in a game, including situations in which a batter or runner comes in contact with a batted ball. This happened when the batter swings and strikes the catchers glove or.
Other runners not played on must return to the last base legally held at the time of the pitch. From this page you can access the monthly files intended to sharpen your skills as a usa softball umpire. Umpires call is runners interference runner is out, dead ball. Official baseball rules obr index to official rules. If a runner is called out for interference with a batted ball, the ball is considered dead, and play stops. Asa is the same as the nfhs copied rule 8 when they revamped a few years ago from the asa book. Wherever he or him or their related pronouns may appear in this rule book either as words. I have seen umpires and spectators interference at baseball games but not at softball games, and i almost got called for coachs interference once. Baseball has a few rules in place so the runner doesnt have an unfair. If the runner has been called out or has scored, and then interferes on a play on another runner, a dead ball is called, and the runner closest to home is called out yikes. You may also call the westpoint office at 18003187709 or.
However, many people still misuse these two words during the game. If this is the third strike, the batter is also out. This is interference on the runner even if he is running on the baseline see rule 7. With multiple runners, the defensive must indicate which runner is being appealed. Notice that the rule says interference is an act by the team at bat. Obstruction and interference little league umpiring.
If he is out of the lane and is hit by the throw, that is always interference. Obstruction and interference are common terms in the fastpitch softball vocabulary. Obstruction is the act of a fielder who, while not in possession of the ball and not in the act of fielding the ball. A ground rule double is a baseball rule that awards two bases from the time of pitch to all baserunners including the batterrunner, as a result of the ball leaving play after being hit fairly and leaving the field under a condition of the ground rules in effect at the field where the game is being played. Any rule not covered in the baseball players association rule book will be covered in the national federation of high school rule book.
This article will discuss three types of interference. If the runner intentionally interfered with the play, then the ball is dead, the runner is out, and all runners must return to the last base they touched before the interference occurred. Baserunners are generally permitted to run from base to base without being physically blocked or hindered by a fielder. Rules question runners interference softball america. In the event the batterrunner has not reached first base, all runners shall return to the base last occupied at the time of the pitch. No other runners may advance until the ball is returned to the pitcher and the umpire announces that play has resumed. If interference is committed by a retired runner or by some other member of the offensive team, the runner who is most likely to have been put out will be called out. Obstruction refers to a fielder who hinders a runner. If the umpire declares the batter, batterrunner, or runner out for interference, all other runners shall return to the last base that was in the judgment of the umpire, legally touched at the time of the interference, unless otherwise.
Many rule the runner out and charge a foul ball to the batter. All runners were forced to run, the run would not score. Obstruction and interference are rule violations that occur in the field of play, typically involving base runners. Offensive interference is an act by the team at bat which interferes with, obstructs, impedes, hinders, or confuses any fielder attempting to make a play. The batterrunner is awarded 1st base, runner going to 2nd from 1st is awarded 2nd, but the runner from 3rd is sent back to 3rd. All portions of this particular page and the pages of the official major league rules book are sole property of major league baseball and have been reproduced without any alteration by baseball almanac who first obtained the written. If using a baseball field, the mound should be removed and the backstop set at the. The amateur softball association of american sets the universal rules for softball in the united states.
Runners often do whatever they can to break one up, including running into the fielder. Interference is a broad rule book term that refers to a number of illegal actions that occur during a contest to change the course of the game. Each type of interference is covered differently by the rules. I thought there was something in the preseason video and documentation that this rule was being used to emphasize keeping games moving. Case book material in this edition are in shaded boxes and are labeled as comment. And believe me even coaches confuse these terms too. The only negative i can see with this book is that it doesnt come in pocket size for you to use at games. In asa, the runner can be straddling the line and if the ball hits the part of the runner that is within the running lane, it is not a violation. A a team with a player found to be illegal due to age, grade or class violation, anytime during the usssa event, will be deemed ineligible. In separate articles, we cover the subjects of batters interference, defensive interference.
Interference can be committed by the team at the plate or the team in the field, as well as by players not even in the game at the time, an umpire, a fan, or another individual not associated with the team. The onus is on the runner to run around the fielder so as not to interfere with him. Appeal plays an appeal play is a one which the umpire may not make a call until a player or manager brings it to the umpires attention. Offensive interference is defined in the major league rule book obr in the.
In the asa 2014 official rules of softball you must consult two different. Interference might be committed by players on the offense, players not currently in the game, catchers, umpires, or spectators. Interference nfhs official baseball rules runner interference tags. It says there are only two times the ones ncasa listed where an umpire can interfere. Asa 2000 certification mark, asa 2004 certification mark, or asa. The discussion is about the position of the runner. The batterrunner is out of the running lane when, during the last half of the distance to first base, one of the runners feet or both, for that matter is entirely outside the running lane at the time that the interference potentially but again, not necessarily occurs. Answers to frequently asked questions baseball rules. If first base was occupied at the time of the pitch, the runner. The only time that a fielder is not obligated to get out of the way of a baserunner is when the fielder is fielding or in possession of the ball. In the case described, even though the fielder may have thrown an unnecessary shoulder block, there would not have been any contact had the runner stayed to the outside of the lane. The batter is awarded first base if the catcher or any other fielder interferes with him at any point during a pitch. Under obr renumbering, as of 2015, the relevant rule is 6. However the rule book remains the authority should there be a.
The team will be disqualified and put in last place. No interference unless the runner contacted the fielder when they were trying to field. Welcome to the rule clarifications and plays umpire page. According to their official rule book, obstruction is when a defensive player affects or prevents a batter. Site glossary definitions from the little league rule book and terms used on this site. Rule book 102 states the pitcher announces the appeal. In baseball, obstruction is when a fielder illegally hinders a baserunner running within the basepath. We will see what the asa rule book has to say about umpire, spectator, and coachs interferences. The accepted practice is any coach, manager or player with or without the ball may make a dead ball appeal.
While the batter is charged with a plate appearance according to rule 10. Discussion in ask the umpire started by mark1110, aug 29. Whether the runner is out or allowed to advanced to the next base usually depends on the umpires determination of whether contact with the ball was avoidable. In asa, it is not only the position of the runner that is considered, but if there is contact with the ball where the ball is when it hits the runner. Runner is out batter runner interference 6163 8 9an note, penalty. I use it to umpire little league, and it covers everything you need to know in good detail.
Batter and runner interference in softball softball. Asa softball rule book with the exceptions or explanations noted in the following paragraphs. The interference rule encompasses almost seven pages in rule 12. If you do a search in the 20182019 ncaa softball rules book for interference you will get 115 results. The rule states that he is out when out of the lane and causes interference with the fielder taking the throw. In the asa 2014 official rules of softball you must consult two different sections to get the answer. If the pitched ball deflects off the catcher or umpire and subsequently touches the batterrunner, it is not considered interference unless, in the judgment of the umpire, the batterrunner clearly hinders the catcher in his attempt to field the ball.
For example, a catcher can be called for obstruction if the catchers glove makes contact with the hitters bat or when a defensive player doesnt have possession of the ball and blocks a base or base path. However, i checked both softball and baseball rule books and they only state that courtesy runners may be used for pitcher and catcher as part of adopted speedup rules. Interference is a broad rule book term that refers to a number of illegal actions that. The first is in the section 1 definitions where it states. Playing field exceptions the playing field shall be laid out according to the following instructions, supplemented by the diagrams at the end of these rules. Baseball rules on runner interference in a double play sportsrec. Pecora updated 020216 to all who visit this document, please be advised it is to be used as a guide it does not replace the rules book of either game baseball 2016 baseball softball softball 2016 rule 1 rule ref rule ref rule 1. A fielder who impedes the progress of a runner or batterrunner who is legally running the bases unless the fielder is. But the batter isnt out in most other softball or baseball rule sets. If a runner and infielder collide, while the infielder is attempting to make a play on a batted ball, the runner is out. A runner is also out if he interferes with a ball that is being thrown by a fielder who just made a play on a batted ball. Batter interference occurs while the batter is at bat and before she hits the. My argument is the runner from 3rd should have scored because it was a force play and the other runners were awarded the base they were heading to. The word can be found in nine of the fifteen rules in that book.
Obstruction asa ruling does the runner automatically get. Important notes 1 the playing rules committee, at its december 2014 meeting, voted to. According to their official rule book, obstruction is when a defensive player affects or prevents a batter from swinging at a pitched ball or hinders the progress of a runner. This is important, because it means that in addition to players on the field, you can also call interference on players in the dugout, as well as on coaches. Rules changes approved in high school baseball, softball by on.
When a runner is called out for interference, the batterrunner is awarded 1st base and credited with a fielders choice. Offensive interference is defined in the major league rule book obr in the section definitions interference. If a runner fails to do so, he is guilty of malicious contact, which is one kind of. An automatic double is the term used to refer to a fairly hit ball leaving the field in. Interference in softball covers a wide range of actions that impede, hinder or obstruct a defensive player. In baseball, interference occurs in situations in which a person illegally changes the course of play from what is expected. If interference is committed by the batterrunner before he or she reaches first base with the possible intent of preventing a double play, the runner closest to scoring is called out in addition to the batterrunner. If a fair ball goes through, or by, an infielder, and touches a runner immediately back of him, or. Baseball rules pertaining to offensive interference. Obstruction asa ruling does the runner automatically. Softball runner interference rule sports in general. Also under nfhs rules only, all runners are required to attempt to avoid collisions. Runner interference archives baseball rules academy.1431 885 183 936 1121 484 451 566 1517 212 44 1258 377 1481 1090 1419 882 922 50 850 111 502 715 1421 453 1225 473 850 1392 1093 508 798 223 1102